“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
Human wisdom apart from God has left humanity at it’s core – empty – endlessly searching to fill a void that only He alone is great enough to fill. Yet the breakdown in our society’s reasoning has lent to confuse the issue further by not only disassembling the logic, but attempting to attack the hope, faith, and love that is required to bring us back to that place of true understanding.
In the 1950’s,
kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well paying jobs, cars and lyrics of music that gave rise to a new term: “The Generation Gap”
The Generation Gap is a term popularized in Western countries referring to the differences between people of younger generations and their elders, especially between children and their parents. It might be summarized as the differences in language, for the younger generation developed slang languages, instead of using formal language. It might also be the difference in appearance, or even technology, for most of the things we carry today are things that weren’t present in the past.
In the 1960’s,
kids lost their authority. It was the decade of protest; church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it
In the 1970’s,
kids lost their love. IT was the decade of “me-ism”, dominted by hyphenated words beginning with “self”. Self-image, self-esteem, self-assertion. It actually made for a very lonely world. Kid’s learned everything there was to know about sex, forgot everything there was to know about love, and few had the nerve to tell them that there was indeed a difference.
In the 1980’s,
kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority, and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation have stopped beleiving in the future
In the 1990’s,
kids lost themselves. trapped in a virtual world of their own, away from voices and from touch, they talk and feel now in cyber space, having personalized objects and absolutely subjectivizing reality
Subjective – means based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.
Objective – not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts
The entire panorama of ‘objective truth’, is now reduced in this post modern world to what “I” think, how “I” feel, and how “I” can strip this world of truth, meaning, and objectivity and still lay claim to being right
Postmodernism is a late 20th century movement in the arts, literature, and criticism that was a departure from modernism. Postmodernism includes skeptical interpretations of culture, literature, art, philosophy, history, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism.
In the simplicity but depth that carries from absolute truth, the apostle John was able to capture the words of Jesus Christ whom he walked with, in a rather profound statement, and is the heart of the Gospel message and give the ultimate significance to Jesus’s life, death on the cross, and resurrection from the grave. It’s a statement that we can only either accept or reject, but we cannot pervert it’s meaning, and we cannot have both…
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life
No one comes to the Father except through me
Simply put: it doesn’t get clearer than that
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face